PM says no more negotiations

Prime Minister Hun Sen renewed his vow over the weekend not to negotiate with former opposition leader Sam Rainsy. Hun Sen reiterated that he would hold direct talks with the international community over political issues in the Kingdom. ...

Niem Chheng

Court told to act against former opposition leader for insulting King

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana has ordered the Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor to begin legal proceedings against the Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CNRM) president, Sam Rainsy, for “insulting” the King, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin told The Post. ...

Ben Sokhean

CCFC event blocked yet again

A gathering in Svay Rieng province of some 40 villagers led by a farmers’ organisation was shut down by local police on Thursday because the group allegedly had not requested permission, though provincial authorities had been notified the week before. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Hun Sen threatens to boycott Asean summit proceedings if faced with 'pressure'

Prime Minister Hun Sen today threatened to boycott next month’s Asean-Australia Special Summit in Sydney – and to “beat” demonstrators outside who burn his image – after apparently being supplied leaked telephone calls between opposition members predicting forthcoming international “pressure”.​ ...

Ben Sokhean

Sar Kheng says CNRP stole ‘national rescue’

Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday lamented the phrase “national rescue” had been co-opted by the opposition party and their new movement – which he claimed could “become ISIS” – because the concept of “national salvation” belonged to the ruling party. ...

Soth Koemsoeun and Erin Handley

Police and Phnom Penh City Hall pat selves on back for political crackdown

The National Police and Phnom Penh City Hall released their year-end reports yesterday, with both congratulating themselves for helping to carry out a political crackdown widely condemned by international observers. ...

Mech Dara, Ben Sokhean and Andrew Nachemson

‘Fake news’ being investigated

The Ministry of National Defence is cooperating with involved authorities to investigate a case of alleged fake news that said a well-known deputy commander supported the Cambodia National Rescue Movement. Ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat said the Ministry of National Defence was cooperating with authorities to investigate ...

May Titthara

‘Don’t come near Asia’: Hun Sen threatens to roll out rocket launchers against Rainsy and his ‘movement’

Prime Minister Hun Sen delivered a fiery speech yesterday, threatening to “attack” members of the opposition with Soviet-era rocket launchers, while also claiming he would arrest them anywhere in Asia. ...

Mech Dara and Andrew Nachemson

Khmer Krom warned not to join Rainsy’s new movement

The head of a Khmer Krom advocacy association yesterday issued a statement urging his followers not to join ex-opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s newly minted Cambodia National Rescue Movement, claiming it will provoke violence. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Rainsy officially launches Cambodia National Rescue Movement, lays out five-point plan

Yesterday, Rainsy said the new Cambodia National Rescue Movement had a five-part plan, starting with appealing to the international community to take action. The next step is to work with “economic” partners to put financial pressure on the government.Next, Rainsy said the movement will encourage ...

Niem Chheng and Andrew Nachemson

Tea Banh leads war of words

The Defence Minister has threatened to destroy Sam Rainsy’s Cambodia National Rescue Movement if it attempts to cause trouble in the country, while the Cambodian Nationality Party has called on people not to join the “illegal” group. General Tea Banh made the comments at the Defence ...

May Titthara

Rainsy under fire over new movement

The Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie of Cambodia and the Cambodian Nationality Party have condemned Sam Rainsy, who created the Cambodia National Rescue Movement, accusing the former opposition leader of terrorist activities and calling on the armed forces and citizens not to join the movement, ...

May Titthara

Will Cambodia’s repressed opposition rise up?

Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen raised the prospect of delaying or even cancelling Cambodia’s upcoming general election due to possible chaos caused by anti-government protests. The premier’s warning came after a new movement of exiled opposition politicians said it might call on supporters to organize ...

David Hutt

Hun Sen seeks to clarify remarks, pledging that election will take place ‘no matter what’

Prime Minister Hun Sen hit back yesterday at suggestions that he would consider postponing this year’s elections, saying they will go on as scheduled “no matter what happens” – an apparent effort to clarify his remarks in a speech the day before that an election ...

Ben Sokhean and Andrew Nachemson

After Rainsy calls for future protests, Hun Sen says elections will not take place amidst ‘chaos’

Prime Minister Hun Sen issued an oblique warning in a speech to garment workers yesterday, noting that there could be no elections in a “chaotic country” – an apparent reference to the protests foreshadowed by the newly announced Cambodia National Rescue Movement. ...

Ben Sokhean and Andrew Nachemson

CNRM faces legal threat

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has warned the government could take legal action against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and others involved in the launch of the new Cambodia National Rescue Movement. ...

Khuon Narim

Does Cambodia’s New Opposition Party Really Matter?

Cambodia’s former opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s reverence for political change is exceeded only by his reverence for himself as the instigator of it. That may be why, this weekend in the United States, he launched the Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CNRM), a new body that is ...

David Hutt

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